Reggae Vibes: Kristine Alicia – Songs From Zion

Since Rory “Stone Love” Gilligan, who started his career as a selector on the legendary Stone Love Soundsystem back in the 1980s, tried his hand as music producer and founded his own RoryStoneLove and Black Dub Music labels, he has come up with quality roots music from, at the time of its releases, mostly unknown voices. Regarding the latter this is what he said in an interview in the Jamaica Observer: “I like being the voice of the unknown. I get a rush out of finding that voice, that artiste that nobody has heard of, or has not heard from in a long while, and work with them… I get a rush from that.”

Kristine Alicia is one of those artists we have not heard from in a long while. This singer/songwriter, who hails from Kingston, Jamaica and moved to Miami, Florida when she was 13, comes from a musical family and is a classically trained pianist. Her Nigel Lewis produced debut studio album entitled “Get Ready” propelled her into the forefront of the Caribbean community in 2008. The gospel reggae project garnered an unprecedented eight nominations at the 2009 Marlin Awards, as Kristine took home both ‘Artist of the Year’ and ‘Female Reggae Vocal Performance of the Year’. In 2015 she started working with the venerable Rory ‘Stone Love’ for whom she recorded cuts on the “Zeen” and “Braveheart” riddims; “He Walks With Me” and “Freedom Fighters” respectively. These noteworthy tunes were followed by the beautiful single “Hand Over River”, which was released in April 2016.

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